597. One of Those Days – Bill Plympton

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SUMMARY: A man endures the worst day of his life where nothing seems to go right.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bill Plympton’s ‘One of Those Days’ is a riotously funny take on an old concept – a day when nothing seems to go right. As per his usual style, Plympton takes the concept to extremes, with the protagonist immediately cutting off his nose while shaving, in a Gogol-esque moment of grotesque humour. ‘One of Those Days’ is presented entirely from the protagonist’s point of view, so that the audience can have maximum empathy for the pains he endures. Some of them are obvious (a come-on from an attractive neighbour inevitably leads to a run in with her brute of a husband) while others are surreal (a child’s ray gun turns out to be less harmless than it first appeared). There’s nothing terribly original about the short but its escalating schadenfreude is so amusingly executed that it becomes wickedly addictive.

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